This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a long time, and a design project has come my way where I am looking at feature walls, so it feels like the perfect time to talk about what I think of this subject.
A lovely lady contacted me on Instagram and asked me to help design her master bedroom, which I’m thrilled about! I haven’t explicitly mentioned this on my blog before, but if you do follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a post or two where I have mentioned that prior to starting a family, I had an interior design business and only closed it to raise my kids. Now that they aren’t totally hanging off me 24/7, it’s fantastic to be able to get back to it a little via my online design service (I’ll add more details about this on my website soon).
For the design, when I suggested the idea of a feature wall, she replied “But aren’t feature walls a bit passé?” I know exactly what she was thinking of, we’ve seen too many of those uninspiring feature walls, and I’m really glad that she doesn’t care for them!
Or even worse…
The above 2 examples are boring and lacklustre, lacking any creativity. But good feature walls that are well considered as a key part of the scheme will always have a place in interior design. In fact, they can raise the design of a room from ordinary to exciting. If you’re considering a subtle or small-print wallpaper for a feature wall, it’ll look a lot better if you have it on all the walls of the room instead of on one wall. Subtle doesn’t cut the mustard when it comes to feature walls. They should be dramatic and arresting. Check out these swoonworthy spaces with feature walls that really elevate the design. I’ve categorised them into Paint, Bricks, Wood, Tiles, Mirrors and Wallpaper, which are some of the various ways you can create a feature wall.
Paint is the easiest way to add a feature wall, but be sure to use a colour that is bold yet gels beautifully with the rest of the design and palette.
One dark feature wall is great for a bedroom where you want to add mood and drama but also want to retain lightness in the room. The pink and dark blue palette runs throughout this bedroom, so the colour on the accent wall doesn’t feel random. Image: Jacqui Moore
The rest of this room is painted white so the room retains an airy feel while the black feature wall makes the olive velvet headboard, pink textiles and gold details pop beautifully. Image: Alexander James for Livingetc November 2017
Painting the recess in a gorgeous deep soothing colour draws your eye to this feature in the room, adds depth and visual interest, and works beautifully with the natural tones and textures. Image: Philippe Harden, via Remodelista
Imagine the back wall in white… this room just wouldn’t look as cosy and inviting as it does now with the blue-grey paint which works so well with the rest of the furnishings in the room. Image: Debstudio
Ah, we all love a brick wall, don’t we? It always makes a gorgeous design statement.
The exposed brick wall is a stunning feature in this loft bedroom. Image: Making Spaces
Exposing the brick on this part of the wall beautifully zones the dining area. Image: Jurnal de Design Interior
The exposed brick wall creates a warm, textural and characterful feature wall in this bright modern dining area. Image: Renoguide
A gorgeous juxtaposition: a sleek modern staircase with a rustic brick accent wall. Image: Renoguide
The black painted brick wall is dramatic and draws your eye to the graphic art. Image: Maxa Design
In the absence of a chimney breast, wood planks have been used to create a fire surround – such a gorgeous feature! Image: JT Collings
The wood clad wall gives this bathroom a spa like feel. Image: Sköna hem
Dark painted wood panelling defines this home office nook. Image: from Australian House & Garden June 2016
The feature wall has been chosen as not the sofa wall, but the art wall, and the deep blue painted wooden panelling makes a beautiful backdrop to the art and beautiful coral armchairs. Image: The Design Files
A feature wall in a bathroom: this shower wall in black marble herringbone tiles looks stunning and makes the gold hardware look even more amazing. Image: Ali Budd Interiors
The stunning geometric tiles demand attention as you walk into the bathroom and highlight the brilliant copper pipe hardware. Image: Beautiful Homes In The North
A dark-tiled wall draws attention to the gorgeous wooden vanity. Image: The Room Edit
Large smoked mirrors create a glamorous feature in this sultry hallway. Image: Daniel Hopwood
A huge foxed mirror spans the wall behind the bath. Image: Joanna Goodman
Mirror on mirror. Ok, I don’t care to check myself out while I’m having a soak so I know this is not for everyone but it’s fabulous for anyone who loves this idea. Image: David Hicks
The stunning large-scale tropical Sian Zeng wallpaper looks amazing on the wall behind the sofa and ties in so well with the gorgeous colour palette and glamorous style of the room. Image: Swoon Worthy
A removable wallpaper is a fantastic idea for a nursery where the decor may need to change in a few years. This moody floral pattern from Rocky Mountain Decals is absolutely stunning as a feature and sets the colours for the rest of the nursery design. Image: Tarina Lyell
Totally love this 😍. The Calico Night wallpaper is crazy bold and would overpower a whole room, but used as a feature behind the bed, it is STUNNING. Note how the wallpaper has been ‘framed’ with a border along the edges of the wall – brilliant! Image: interior design by Daniel Hopwood, featured in Livingetc February 2018
The false wall which separates the bed from the dressing area beyond has been wallpapered in Cole & Son’s Nuvolette wallpaper which beautifully frames the bed, creating a large headboard effect. Image: TFAD
Here is the same idea again: a false wall separates the bed from the dressing area, and wallpapering it makes it feel like a secondary headboard of sorts, making the bed feel really special. Image: Daniel Hopwood
Having seen these stunning spaces, what would you say now to feature walls? Yay or nay? 🙂